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Week Ending Friday, November 9, 2001
 
The President's Radio Address

November 3, 2001

    Good morning. As all Americans know, recent weeks have brought a 
second wave of terrorist attacks upon our country, deadly anthrax spores 
sent through the U.S. mail. There's no precedent for this type of 
biological attack, and I'm proud of the way our law enforcement 
officers, our health care and postal workers, and the American people 
are responding in the face of this new threat.
    At this point in our investigation, we have identified several 
different letters that contained anthrax spores. Among them were the 
letters mailed to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle on Capitol Hill, 
NBC News in New York, and the New York Post newspaper. Four Americans 
have died as a result of these acts of terrorism. At least 13 others 
have developed forms of anthrax disease, either in the lungs or, less 
severely, on the skin.
    Public health officials have acted quickly to distribute antibiotics 
to people who may have been exposed to anthrax. When anthrax exposure is 
caught early, preventative treatment is effective. Anthrax can be 
treated with many antibiotics, and several pharmaceutical companies have 
offered medicine at reduced prices. The Government is swiftly testing 
post offices and other sites for anthrax spores and is closing them 
where potential threats to health are detected. We are working to 
protect people based on the best information available.
    And as we deal with this new threat, we are learning new information 
every day.

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Originally, experts believed the anthrax spores could not escape from 
sealed envelopes. We now know differently, because of cases where postal 
workers were exposed even though the envelopes they processed were not 
open.
    Anthrax apparently can be transferred from one letter to another, or 
from a letter to mail sorting equipment. But anthrax is not contagious, 
so it does not spread from human to human the way a cold or a flu can. 
Anthrax can be killed by sterilization, and the Postal Service is 
purchasing sterilizing equipment to be installed across the country.
    More than 30 billion pieces of mail have moved through the Postal 
Service since September the 11th, so we believe the odds of any one 
piece of mail being tainted are very low. But still, people should take 
appropriate precautions: look carefully at your mail before opening it; 
tell your doctor if you believe you may have been exposed to anthrax. An 
excellent summary of the symptoms of this disease can be found on the 
web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov.
    Remember, doctors warn that you can put your health at risk by 
taking antibiotics when you don't need them, so use antibiotics only 
after consulting a health care professional. If you see anything 
suspicious or have useful information, please contact law enforcement 
authorities. The Postal Service and the FBI have offered a reward of up 
to $1 million for information leading to the arrest and the conviction 
of the anthrax terrorists.
    And those who believe this is an opportunity for a prank should know 
that sending false alarms is a serious criminal offense. At least 20 
individuals have already been arrested for anthrax hoaxes, and we will 
pursue anyone who tries to frighten their fellow Americans in this cruel 
way.
    We do not yet know who sent the anthrax, whether it was the same 
terrorists who committed the attacks on September the 11th or whether it 
was the--other international or domestic terrorists. We do know that 
anyone who would try to infect other people with anthrax is guilty of an 
act of terror. We will solve these crimes, and we will punish those 
responsible. As we learn more about these anthrax attacks, the 
Government will share the confirmed and credible information we have 
with you. I'm proud of our citizens' calm and reasoned response to this 
ongoing terrorist attack.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 1:07 p.m. on November 2 in the Cabinet 
Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on November 3. The 
transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
November 2 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office 
of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of 
the address.


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Week Ending Friday, November 9, 2001
 
Statement on Signing the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2002

November 5, 2001

    Today I have signed into law H.R. 2217, the ``Department of the 
Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002.''
    I appreciate the bipartisan effort that has gone into producing this 
Act. The bill abides by the agreed upon aggregate funding level for 
Fiscal Year 2002 of $686 billion and supports several of my 
Administration's key initiatives with:
<bullet>     funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to 
            acquire and conserve lands in national parks, forests, 
            refuges, and public lands, and assist States in promoting 
            conservation and outdoor recreation;
<bullet>     funding to reduce the National Park Service deferred 
            maintenance backlog and meet the growing demands on park 
            facilities and resources;
<bullet>     funding for Indian school construction to keep us on the 5-
            year path to eliminate the current school repair and 
            maintenance backlog by 2006; and
<bullet>     full funding for key energy programs, such as the Clean 
            Coal Power initiative, to work in partnership with industry 
            to direct research towards reducing the environmental impact 
            of coal used for power generation in the United States.

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    I am disappointed that my initiative to increase the Low-Income 
Weatherization Assistance Program by $120 million was reduced by $43 
million in the final version of this bill. This reduction will deny 
program benefits for over 17,000 low-income families, compared with my 
request.
    Several provisions in the bill purport to require congressional 
approval before executive branch execution of aspects of the bill. I 
will interpret such provisions to require notification only, since any 
other interpretation would contradict the Supreme Court ruling in INS v. 
Chadha.
                                                George W. Bush
The White House,
November 5, 2001.

Note: H.R. 2217, approved November 5, was assigned Public Law No. 107-
63.


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Week Ending Friday, November 9, 2001
 
Statement on Signing the Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2002

November 5, 2001

    Today I have signed into law H.R. 2904, the ``Military Construction 
Appropriations Act, 2002,'' which provides $10.5 billion for military 
construction and family housing programs administered by the Department 
of Defense.
    I appreciate the bipartisan effort that has gone into producing this 
Act. The Act abides by the agreed upon aggregate funding level for 
Fiscal Year 2002 of $686 billion and funds the vast majority of my 
request for military construction projects, the military housing 
program, and other projects for our military personnel and their 
families. The requested projects are critical to supporting military 
readiness and the quality of life for our soldiers. My Administration 
showed its commitment to improving the quality of housing available to 
our military personnel and their families by including an additional 
$400 million in the FY 2002 Budget. I want to thank the Congress for 
including it in this bill. However, I am disappointed that the bill 
includes a 1.127 percent general reduction, and a rescission of $55 
million from the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization.
    As America battles terrorism, we must ensure that our men and women 
in uniform live in, train at, and deploy from adequate facilities. This 
bill shows our commitment to our service members by constructing and 
upgrading military installations, and military family housing in the 
United States and overseas.
    My Administration appreciates that the Congress has worked 
expeditiously during this difficult and trying time in our Nation's 
history to consider the FY 2002 appropriations bills. Now, through a 
renewed sense of bipartisanship, the Congress and my Administration must 
work together to ensure the timely enactment of the remaining bills.
                                                George W. Bush
The White House,
November 5, 2001.

Note: H.R. 2904, approved November 5, was assigned Public Law No. 107-
64.


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Week Ending Friday, November 9, 2001
 
Proclamation 7493--National Adoption Month, 2001

November 5, 2001

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    Children deserve to be raised in loving families with parents who 
protect and nurture them. For some children, adoption is their best 
chance for a healthy and happy life. Each year, American families adopt 
approximately 120,000 newborn or older children, providing them with a 
loving and supportive environment.
    Despite this substantial number of annual adoptions, more than 
134,000 children are currently waiting adoption. While our foster care 
system can provide a safe, temporary home for these children, adoption 
would give them the love and stability of a permanent family that would 
better enable them to develop to their full potential.
    My Administration is working to help states promote and support 
adoptions. This year, 35 states and the District of Columbia received 
adoption incentive awards for increasing the number of children they 
placed

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from foster care into permanent homes. States have reinvested these 
bonuses to enhance their adoption and child welfare programs, which has 
resulted in an unprecedented 79 percent increase in adoptions from 
28,000 in 1996 to 50,000 in 2000.
    Although we have made dramatic advances in encouraging adoption, we 
must strengthen our efforts to find a safe, loving, and permanent home 
for every child awaiting one. One important way to advance towards this 
goal is to ease the financial burden on families that adopt children. 
The tax relief bill that I signed into law earlier this year extends and 
increases the adoption tax credit for qualified expenses from $5,000 to 
$10,000 per child. The new law also increases the tax credit for 
adoptive parents of children with special needs from $6,000 to $10,000 
per child, regardless of expenses. Parents who adopt children with 
special needs will benefit from this meaningful tax credit because it 
will help cover unique adoption costs.
    Ensuring the provision of post-adoptive services also plays an 
important role in facilitating successful adoptions. I support the 
Promoting Safe and Stable Families proposal, currently before the 
Congress, which would improve post-adoptive services by prioritizing 
research and evaluation for these services and establishing systems to 
ensure that they are available to meet the needs of adoptive families. 
In addition, this proposal provides for education and training vouchers 
to children adopted after the age of 15.
    Adoptive parents have a special calling--sharing a loving home with 
children in need, offering them hope for a brighter future. Federal, 
state, and local governments must continue supporting these quiet heroes 
as they make the considerable sacrifices and receive the countless 
blessings of parenthood that come from providing a child with the chance 
of a lifetime--an upbringing in a happy and healthy home.
    Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of 
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and 
laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2001, as National 
Adoption Month. I call on all Americans to observe this month with 
appropriate programs and activities to honor adoptive families and to 
participate in efforts to find permanent homes for waiting children.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of 
November, in the year of our Lord two thousand one, and of the 
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-
sixth.
                                                George W. Bush

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., November 7, 
2001]

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on 
November 8.


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Week Ending Friday, November 9, 2001
 
Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives on Emergency 
Response Funding for the September 11 Terrorist Attacks

November 5, 2001

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